French-American Chamber of Commerce Re-Elects Elsa Berry as National President


09-May-2013 | By: French American Chamber of Commerce

The French-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States, the country’s leading association for the promotion and development of French-American business relations, announced that Elsa L. Berry was re-elected as National President, effective immediately and for a two-year term until 2015. The election took place on Friday, April 26th in Denver, CO during the organization’s National Board and Chapter Meetings.

A slate of officers to the FACC National Board was also elected and is composed of Elsa Berry as President; David Aferiat (Atlanta); Jean-Fran¬çois Bonneté (Houston); Stephen Dreyfuss (New York); Michael Elkin (New York); Jean-Marc Gaultier (Washington, DC); Juan-Luis Goujon (Chicago); Ed Hayward (Minneapolis); Alan Merkle (Seattle); C. Larry Miller (Ohio); and Jean-Claude Viollier (San Francisco).

A new national Advisory Committee was also created. This Advisory Committee will be chaired by Juan-Luis Goujon, who also serves as President of the FACC - Chicago. Advisory Committee members include Elsa Berry (New York); Eric Corticchiato (Dallas); François Ducroux (Boston); Christophe Maincourt (Miami); and Jean-Claude Viollier (San Francisco). The purpose of the Advisory Committee will be to study strategic matters and to make proposals for review to the National Executive Committee. 

“I am honored to continue as President of the National FACC and to work with my colleagues and fellow FACC Chapter Presidents,” said Elsa Berry. “We will focus on a number of strategic matters as we continue to strengthen the ties between our 20 Chapters that share a mission of promoting and improving French-American business relationships and understanding, while combining regional specificities under a common brand." 

“The FACC is the premier bilateral French-American business association in the U.S.,” said Elsa Berry. 

FACC Chapter Presidents and Executive Directors from around the United States participated in the National Meetings, which included two days of workshops, presentations and high-level speakers and provided a forum for discussion on past results, current best practices and plans going forward.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce National Network 
The French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) is a bi-national non-profit association that is devoted exclusively to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between the United States and France. The FACC national network includes twenty chapters in all major metropolitan U.S. cities, including Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco. With over 4,000 members nationwide, the FACC achieves its objectives through a well-developed program of information sharing, networking and professional development, custom-tailored to the needs of each individual locality. Providing access to corporate events, international career development programs and commercial services, the FACC’s array of programs is tightly focused on helping members and their companies develop and expand opportunities for business in and between the U.S. and France. 

The FACC is an active member of the Union of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (UCCIFE), a Paris-based organization that supports the development of 114 French chambers of commerce located in 78 countries around the world.